Tuesday, October 30, 2012

El Investigador, en Ingles!

The outstanding Mexican Steampunk endeavor, El Investigador, has not only taken on the mantle of one of the more prolific online Steampunk works, but in an effort to better work with the many English speaking individuals (of which the genre has a few), they have begun to translate their earlier issues into English.  If you have not indulged in partking of their work, I would highly recommend a trip to their website (located at: http://el-investigador-magazine.blogspot.mx/), and peruse their translated works (which are located on the header of their website), or let Google do its best to translate their newer works!  For more regarding El Investigador, please stop their website, or their frequently updated Facebook location, at: https://www.facebook.com/El.Investigador.Magazine!  Do Enjoy!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The New Babbage 5th Annual Masquerade Ball… Today!

Well, its been quite the RL week, but contrary to what one might have thought, I am still out and about!  To catch up with some of the goings on with the backlog for the blog, I’m beginning with today’s New Babbage 5th Annual Masquerade Ball, which will be taking place at the Piermont Landing!  Hard to believe that New Babbage is quickly approaching its six year anniversary (just a tad longer than the Tribune  but that is another long-winded story).  Well, back to a bit of cleanup, and I shall see everyone tomorrow, with a long overdue recognition to one of the newer Steampunk icons!…

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Men who built America…

An intriguing show (of which I’ve had the misfortune of missing the first episode) is being shown on the History Channel (in the US).  Titled “The Men Who Built America”, it delves into the lives of the capitalists who were the catalysts of the Gilded Age.  It covers the Mr. John Rockefeller, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mr. Henry Ford, and Mr. J.P. Morgan, as they establish their economic empires.  Fortunatly, the first episode is located on their website (but alas, not embedable), so to see the first episode (titled “A New War Begins”), please head to the History Channel’s dedicated web page regarding the show, at: http://www.history.com/shows/men-who-built-america

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gears of Elegance, a new Steampunk fashion endavor

I was approached by Miss E. Pharrez the other day regarding her new lady’s Steampunk fashion endeavor, named “Gears of Elegance”.  As those who read this blog know, I make a point of being unschooled in the couture of the realm of ladies, so I shall let her explain her project…

I love to design Steampunk clothing for cosplay, everyday wear and just in general, Victorian/Edwardian. This is where my passion lies and what I would love to put together for other Steampunk lovers to be able to purchase and wear. While there are a good amount of “vintage” clothing not many provide much of the 1800/1900s style.

What most people don’t is that so much time goes into making Steampunk clothing but it also is finance consuming. There is also a lot of extra small things like belt buckles, buttons, straps, lace, snaps, etc that go into the details of Steampunk. They don’t usualy just have one, they have a least a few of these elements incorporated. Bustles and long skirts ususally use about 6-7 yards of fabric in which the money would go into buy fabrics, tools used to make Steampunk corsets, and the materials mentioned above.

Fabrics can cost from $3 a yard to $13 a yard, lace can run from $4 to $15 in which I’d love to provide good quality product and not just the cheapest of what I can find. Steampunk cosplayers and lovers alike love to find the best wardrobe to add theirs!

If so inclined, do consider a visit to her Etsy location to see more of her work (located at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/omdesigns2011), and / or visit her Facebook locale for more information (at: https://www.facebook.com/OMDesigns11).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Consider supporting a fellow Steampunk Lady on a Bravo entertainment endeavor…

As I meandered about the Steampunk Empire the other day, I came across a Miss S. Fawkes, who is endeavoring to promote her brassiere in an effort to by the Bravo endeavor, to raise awareness for the importance of mammograms.  Not quite sure how her entry is doing at the moment, but if one cares to assist in this competition, please turn to: http://daytondailynews.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?p=V&c=70709&s=24367117&i=1&sort=#SD, and cast your vote!

(and to see her entry at the Empire, please turn to: http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/forum/topics/please-vote-for-my-steampunk-bra-in-the-reid-bravo-fundraiser)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Tesla’s Wardenclyff has been saved… and the Technocratic party is established!

Try as I may, amazing news does slip through my fingers – and this was a terrible one not to be a part of!  There was (as in completed) endeavor on Kickstarter to acquire Tesla’s Wardenclyff facility, located in Shoreham, Long Island, (New York) was recently acquired by the Tesla Science Center, with plans to make it a museum! A more fitting goal to one of the world’s greatest scientific minds, and a Steampunk icon.  Though the endeavor has been completed (as documented by the local New York fish-wrapper , there is still more!  In addition to saving Wardenclyff, Mr. Wilhem Cashen, an engineer and entrepreneur  is currently working towards completing an production which will finally highlight the great advances Mr. Tesla produced over the years, until his last days…

Header for the upcoming Tesla movie production

In addition to their cinematographic production, there is an associated Ning website, in support of Mr. Tesla!  The Tesla Community (at: http://teslacommunity.com/), has an excellent presentation, and I’m only now delving into it… so do consider a visit, look around, and if something catches your eye (which to any Steampunk enthusiast, I’m sure it will), keep in mind the proceeds will be furthered to a good cause – For Tesla!

Header for the Tesla Community!

For more details, please turn to:
The Fishwraper’s article on it:

The Tesla Science Center, at:

IO9’s entry on Wardenclyff: 

… and again, the Tesla Community (Ning), at: 

(and don’t forget about that Technocratic party entry – quite a good alternative….!)

Poll Question: Has Steampunk jumped the proverbial shark?

A while back I was enduring an offshoot of the television show “Say Yes to the Dress” (can’t recall the name of the show at the moment), when the lead fellow of the program said he was going to do a “Steampunk wedding”.  I was a bit more intrigued than I might usually be regarding such a show, but must admit, I was a tad disappointed at what passed for a Steampunk gown, which culminated in using old utensils for the bride’s topper.  When I say disappointed, I am referring to what seems (at least to me), the use of the genre a prototypical “quirk and strange ‘topic of the week’ for a number of entertainment endeavors”.  I was unable to locate said episode of the show, but as luck would have it, I came across another endeavor, titled “Bling It On”, where a Miss Amanda (aka, Miss Belladonna Belleville) engages in a yeoman effort to explain basic concepts regarding Steampunk to the show’s main designer.  Alas, the designer / host seemed to have an “octopus is dancing on my head” gaze… but I speculate condensing Steampunk into a soundbite of length was a bit much to take in at that point (as I’m unfamiliar with the “nuts-and-bolts” of the production of this particular show).  I did sigh a bit during the video, and again was stymied in my efforts to find the full episode (a Google / TLC search resulted in a baker discussing a cake – not quite the result I was hoping to find).

With this in mind, I suppose its time trot out the well-worn trope of “Has Steampunk ‘Jumped the Shark‘”.  As I haven’t run a poll question in quite a while regarding perceptions on this topic, so I’ll do so now… has it been over exposed in the general media?  I realize most involved in the genre are not concerned about the perceptions of those seeking to make a quick dollar (e.g. using it for a television episode, or as a passing curiosity), which is quite fine, but as one who enjoys reading Kondratiev wave theories (even for topics beyond macroeconomic theory), I do wonder where the genre might stand in regards to it.  I’ve been prattling on a bit, so allow me to continue to the simple questions:

Question 1:
Has Steampunk “Jumped the Shark” (has it reached its peak of popularity)?
No = well, no, it has further growth and potentially even more adherents in the future
Yes = the genre’s popularity has peaked, and it has begun a downhill slide
Not quite sure = not quite sure if it has peaked or not

Question 2:
How long would you speculate Steampunk, as a genre, will continue to exist?
A few more years = it may be headed towards a decline
It will be around for at least a decade = self explanatory
It has established itself as a solid genre = again self explanatory

I’ll certainly be looking forward to the outcome of the poll, which I shall keep open until the end of the month!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cherie Priest interview on Sword & Laser!

Came across this interesting interview with Ms. Cherie Priest, regarding her thoughts, experiences, and works.    I was quite intrigued by it, but alas, the old clock said I had to shuffle off to work *grrr*!  I’ll indulge in listening to the rest upon return from the day labor endeavor, but if so inclined, you can listen to the entire interview now (and of course, following the YouTube link will provide you with even more of her connections, such as: 

Her Twitter page (for updates: http://twitter.com/cmpriest

… and a few more!  Please do enjoy!)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Steampunk Week, 2012, @ Tor.com!

Its Steampunk Week at Tor.com!  From the 1st to the 5th of October (hence, this week), Tor.com has a plenitude of Steampunk-focused topics to choose from… without laboring details, I would highly recommend  a visit to Tor’s Steampunk locale for further details regarding Steampunk Week, 2012… easily located at: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/10/steampunk-week-2012-intro – do enjoy!